Preschoolers thrive with a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that is child centered. "Developmentally-appropriate" means that we plan activities that are designed specifically for a particular age. The beauty of this approach is that children absorb information and learn new skills in an environment that's both fun and enriching. Every child deserves to develop a sense of wonder about the world around them. A "child-centered" program responds to children's needs at different ages, taking into account their abilities, skill level and interests. at PJA's preschool, our teachers start the year with a plan of what skills they want children to acquire and then respond day-to-day in the classroom with fresh activities that respond to children's interests and what's happening in their world. Teachers plan activities, field trips and events for children that allow for open-ended, creative exploration. There is always a range of skills and interests in a classroom and a developmentally appropriate program can challenge all students along that continuum. Open-ended and creative projects allow children to extend the project and learn new problem-solving and critical-thinking skills at their own level and pace.
At PJA, our belief in developmentally-appropriate curriculum leads us to creat classrooms that encourage exploration and experiential learning. We provide varied activities for hands-on learning. We believe--and academic research backs us up-- that preschool-age children develop important social and critical thinking skills through such hands-on, playful learning with others. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum sets the stage for a lifetime of inquiry, curiosity and learning.